Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bing using Google search results

Lots of talk is going about the microsoft's bing stealing web search results from google. The news says that it all started with tarsorrhaphy. As it happens, tarsorrhaphy is a rare surgical procedure on eyelids. And in the summer of 2010, looking at the search results for an unusual misspelled query [torsorophy]. Google returned the correct spelling—tarsorrhaphy—along with results for the corrected query. At that time, Bing had no results for the misspelling. Later in the summer, Bing started returning google's first result to their users without offering the spell correction. This was very strange. How could bing return google's first result to their users without the correct spelling? Had they known the correct spelling, they could have returned several more relevant results for the corrected query.

A similar sot of result was seen with several other random search queries. 


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